Nearly six weeks into the summer movie season of 2014 and there has only been one great film to so far this season. Out of the potential 7 summer blockbusters that have debuted this summer movie season, only Maleficent and Edge of Tomorrow have lived up to their billing. Almost every one of other so called summer blockbusters have turned out to be just average films that have been over advertised and incorrectly marketed as a blockbuster. Nearly each one of them has fallen short in entertainment value.
What truly constitutes a “Blockbuster?” Is it the release date of the film, the money spent to make it, or the money earned from it? Of the lofty expectations that were placed on the 7 films that have been released since May, only two of them are truly good movies. The others have their ups and downs but overall fail to capture that magic that is associated with a summer movie.
1. The Amazing Spiderman 2
4. X-Men Days of Future Past
5. A Million Ways To Die in the West
7. Edge Of Tomorrow
Are there truly any great stories to be told or movies to be made? Five out of the seven films that have hit theaters this summer are either sequels and or remakes. The two biggest disappoints of the summer so far would have to be The Amazing Spiderman 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past. With the current public obsession with superheroes and their stories the expectations for the two were extremely high. If one factors in the success of the two films in both franchises that debuted recently, then these films should have been sure fire successes. However, both failed to measure up to the previous films in excitement, story telling, and success. A third film, Godzilla, failed to measure up to prior versions of the film in terms of enjoyment. While the film has made money, it is no way close to some of the other versions to feature the gigantic star. The struggles of the 2014 movie season also forces one to question whether or not films are marketed properly. The downfall of one of the summer most highly anticipated comedies, Neighbors, fell short because of the overuse of trailers and the redundancy of them.
The summer movie season rages on as it continues this week with the release of the comedy 22 Jump Street. The follow up to the surprise 2012 comedic hit that starred Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Ice Cube. Will Jump Street join the select few hits of this summer or will it just be another over hyped mediocre movie? With the impending release of so many more proposed blockbusters, the overtly obvious question will there be a film that lives up to the designation of a summer blockbuster?